To be clear, this blog is not financially driven.  If it were, I would have advertising all over the place, which is obviously not the case.   

That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

First, the obvious: I am a consultant for a Big 4 firm.  Here is my background:  Click here to learn more  None of my musings disclose any client confidential work that I have completed in the past.  My blog is also not used in any way for client purposes.   

Second, the less obvious:  This has not yet happen, but in the event it does one day I’d like to be prepared…If I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this, as I would if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents.  If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, ditto. Disclaimers all over.

This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers.  However, rules are rules. 

To cover my liability and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true: 


Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)

Note:  My compliments to Tim Ferriss as I basically copy / pasted the disclosure page from his blog.  Like he said, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel.